Umbrella union calls for ratification of ILO's core conventions

SEOUL, June 12 (Yonhap) -- The country's largest umbrella labor union urged the government Wednesday to ratify the International Labor Organization (ILO)'s eight fundamental conventions.

The ILO said it is seeking to achieve 100 percent ratification of its core conventions by 2015 which outline rights in a number of areas, including allowing staff the freedom of association and the prevention of child labor.

In a press conference held in central Seoul, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), the more militant of the nation's two umbrella labor unions, said that the government should quickly ratify the eight conventions.

"South Korea is particularly being watched as it is the ILO's policy for all of the member countries to ratify the eight core conventions by 2015," the KCTU said in a statement.

The KCTU further noted that ILO Director-General Guy Ryder is willing to convey his concerns to the Seoul government over its alleged infringement of basic labor rights.

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